TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 2-year-olds
The Phenom – Looks like another clever claim by Mike Mitchell; he improved a lot last time for top trainer John Sadler.
Warrens Heartthrob – Typical green debut where he was slow early, fast late; best stride should come in the lane.
Long Shot – Dancing At Dark
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $36,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Forthreeforeuclid – Ran evenly in last first off the claim for Peter Miller; drops in class, but keeps Rafael Bejarano.
Mark of a Warrior – Tepid chalk in a wide-open affair; claimed from Mike Mitchell by Jack Carava, caveat emptor.
Long Shot – Precious Duke
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Pacific Pride – Jerry Hollendorfer has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; ran evenly in a well-bet career debut.
Free Range – Exits a key MSW race full of precocious 2-YO fillies; likely to improve second out for Brian Koriner.
Long Shot – Anniversary Girl
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
Imco Spirit – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this new career-low price tag; Mike Pupye taking blinkers off.
Indy Ride – Draw a line thru the last turf race; he is better on synthetics, expect him to come rolling late.
Long Shot – Wolgan Valley
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 14 feet), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Uzziah – Hard to believe Humberto Ascanio, long-time assistant to Bobby Frankel, is winless in 2010; he’s much too good a horsemen.
Battle School – Beaten favorite in last had a tough trip to overcome; a clean trip for Brice Blanc can make all the difference.
Long Shot – Delahoosee
Race 6 – 7 furlongs, Purse $36,000, Claiming $32,000, 4-year-olds and up
All Man – Was ridden all wrong last time darkening his form; big class drop and more patience can make all the difference.
Sea Rascal – Sharp claim for Hector Palma, winning 2 in a row; dead-late closer usually sees cheap speed to charge at.
Long Shot – Leandros
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
U. C. Merced Two – Claimed by Jorge Periban from Jeff Mullins and is aggressively upped in class; bit of a hunch play.
Daylight Storm – Claimed by Ted West off a sharp win; keeps the rider Rafael Bejarano and is placed in a smart spot.
Long Shot – Scofield Barracks
Race 8 – 1 3/8th miles (turf, rail at 14 feet), $200,000 Del Mar Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Champ Pegasus – Big rider switch to Joel Rosario who won 5 on Saturday; leads the cavalry charge to the finish line.
Dynamic Range – Mike Mitchell has an uncoupled entry and both have a puncher’s chance; 2 prep races, now ready for best.
Long Shot – Unusual Suspect
Race 9 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $21,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
My Last Tycoon – Like him stretching out around 2 turns at this bottom rung; has speed to be involved from the get go.
Casa O – Tepid chalk in a wide-open finale; Joel Rosario will need to find a trip from parking lot post 11.
Long Shot – Bred Royal
Best Bet – Champ Pegasus (race 8)
Del Mar Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 21/7/$60.20; Long Shots, 10/3/$38.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.20
Del Mar Totals – 477/118/$783.20; Long Shots, 240/37/$419.80; Best Bets, 29/12/$54.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #3 Mr. Hot Stuff (4/1) in race 9 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Beyondallboundarys ran third at Saratoga paying $3.00 to show. Stats – 157/113/$850.20